There are a bunch of great restaurants in Poznan. With just a few days in the city, I only had the chance to sample a handful – so I left my culinary fate in the hands of local experts guiding me during my visit. I was very satisfied with the variety of eateries I got to try, from cutting edge cafés, to traditional restaurants, and local secrets. Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Poznan…
Toga restaurant’s owners have a passion for traditional Polish cuisine using seasonal ingredients. While the touristy restaurants in the main square tend to offer the obvious Polish foods like Periogis (and there’s nothing wrong with that), Toga’s chefs cast their minds a little further back in history for menu inspiration.
An intriguing welcome of cucumber dipped in honey and cracked pepper was followed by a starter of breads topped with potato, goats cheese, pear and edible flowers. Breaded tripe, Chlodnik (delicious and refreshing cold beetroot soup with dill and cucumber) and beef cheek with vegetables were followed by homemade ice cream.
Walk over the bridge from Cathedral Island to Śródka and you will find the smallest restaurant in Poland, Vine Bridge. This undersized eatery is 27 square metres, with just three tables. Food is Polish cruisine with a contemporary influence, and totally delicious. Make time for a bite to eat after visiting the Cathedral.
If you’re craving craft beers while in town, head to Brovaria in the Market Square. The microbrewery, bar, restaurant and hotel is popular with both locals and visitors, the ambience loud and buzzy. The food is good quality, particularly considering it’s located in such a tourist-heavy spot. But go for the beers more than anything else: I recommend sampling the three made on site with the beer flight of Pils, Honey, and Wheat Beer.
Weranda is a lovely, cosy café with a delicious menu on the terrace of Stary Browar shopping centre. The beautiful décor changes every few months to reflect the season. It’s the perfect shopping break with a menu filled with enormous, tasty salads and more.
Wytwornia Lodow Tradycyjnych
As I mentioned, Poznan is currently enjoying something of a food renaissance, and ice cream is a hot subject. Wytwornia Lodow Tradycyjnych is widely considered the best in town, and has spawned many copycats. Get there for a few scoops of heaven.
I simply had to include this little slice of Spain. I stopped by this tapas bar for a final glass of wine on my last night with one of my lovely hosts, Ewa. This is the type of place where “one drink” inevitably turns into a few. There isn’t anything particularly fancy about Pika Pika, but it is packed and buzzing, with laughing groups spilling out the door. The wine list is great, and the all-Spanish bar staff are charming. Ordering may be interesting – they speak a little Polish and some English, so brush up on your Spanish!
Bigfoot Coffee Shop
Now sadly, I didn’t actually get the chance to visit this tiny hole in the wall myself as I ran out of time, but I’d still highly recommend stopping by if you can. American owner Eric Witsoe runs Bigfoot Coffee Shop by day, and photographs the city by night. He is super welcoming to anyone who wants to stop by for a coffee and a chinwag (even extending a warm invitation via Twitter to me when he heard I was in town, bless him) and has become a popular member of the Poznan community. You can check out his stunning photography here.(image)
Want more? You can read my other posts from Poland here.
I visited Poznan as a guest of the City of Poznan. My views are my own.